AG Defends Actions to Address School Funding Shortfall

JANUARY 3, 2007 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - In the long-running school-funding case, the state attorney general's office filed court papers saying the Legislature has taken actions to comply with a court order to address funding shortfalls. The attorney general says Legislators spent $132  million dollars to increase per-student funding, added $50 million dollars for school buildings and raised teacher pay.

In November, the court gave the state 30 days to show that it had complied with an order to improve its 450,000-student school system. The court reappointed special masters Bradley Jesson and David Newbern to review the work and delayed closing the Lake View case until May.

In attorney general's court filing provided justices with copies of several laws passed during a special session last spring.

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